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02/22/2012 - 1:56pm
Brady 'deeply saddened' by Martinez's death

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady released a statement through his Facebook page regarding the death of his mentor, Tom Martinez, who passed away Tuesday.

Wrote Brady: "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my coach, mentor and friend. Coach Martinez’s invaluable assistance and support will never be forgotten and will always have a lasting impact on my life. The time we spent together remain some of my fondest memories. His legacy of commitment, toughness and determination will live on forever."

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02/22/2012 - 1:11pm
Iglesias: 'Not focused' on winning Sox job

Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias stopped by for a chat with Lou Merloni on Wednesday at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

Iglesias, 22, battled through injuries last season with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .235 with a .285 on-base percentage and .269 slugging percentage in 101 games. In the field he made 12 errors for a .973 fielding percentage. Iglesias was called up for 10 games with Boston and had two hits in six at-bats.

"It was a tough year, but the good thing was I finished strong," the Cuban defector said with a heavy accent. "I made an adjustment at the end of the year. And I think this year's going to be a good one."

The Red Sox traded Marco Scutaro in the offseason, but Iglesias isn't expected to inherit the job this year.

"I'm not really focused about that," he said. "The only thing I can control is to get better every day, working hard, doing my best on the field and trying to...

02/22/2012 - 11:15am
David Ortiz: 'I thought I was done here'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In a 30-minute session with the media outside JetBlue Park, David Ortiz talked about (among other things) going through much of the offseason with the uncertainty of being a free agent.

The Red Sox DH admitted that there was a time during the offseason -- prior to agreeing to his one-year, $14.575 million deal with the Sox --  that he thought his time with Boston might be done.

"Yeah. I’m not going to lie to you. Yeah. At one point, I thought I was done here," he said. "But, like I say, our front office, they got caught into a lot of things this offseason. At one point, I was like, ‘OK, I guess I’m not a priority to here.’ That’s the way it looked like to me at one point. But my agents, they explained to me what was going on. This team was looking for a GM, a manager, other stuff, and it took them some time to put it together. After that, they went to the players. It was a little...

02/22/2012 - 8:54am
Mashup: Lin offers support to Humphries

Even after a loss, the legend of Jeremy Lin continues to grow. Nets forward Kris Humphries, who is regularly booed at NBA arenas following his separation from reality TV star Kim Kardashian, said Lin offered support to him after Lin's Knicks lost on Monday to New Jersey.

"I saw him in the tunnel outside the locker room after the game," Humphries said during an appearance on Tuesday's "The Scott Van Pelt Show" on ESPN Radio. "He's a really nice guy. He just said, 'Hey, I don't know why they boo you, but I think it's crap, and you're playing really well.' That was nice of him to say. He's a really nice guy. … It's nice to see great things happen for nice people."

Humphries had 14 points and 14 rebounds in Monday's game and appeared to enjoy quieting the Madison Square Garden fans.

"I love the hostile environment," Humphries said. "There's nothing better than sending 19,000 people home upset [...

02/21/2012 - 9:59pm
Brady's mentor Tom Martinez dies at 66

Renowned Bay Area quarterbacking guru Tom Martinez, who worked for several years with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, died Tuesday on his 66th birthday, reportedly of a heart attack he suffered during a dialysis session.

Brady and Martinez first met when the quarterback was a struggling California teenager. Martinez effortlessly broke down Brady’s game and quickly became the signal caller’s most trusted ally, with the two continuing to forge a deep and abiding relationship even after Brady became New England's starting quarterback in 2001. When Brady won his first start as a pro in 2001, he gave Martinez the game ball with the inscription: “Coach Martinez — Thanks — The first of many — 9/30/01 — Patriots 44, Colts 13 — Tom Brady #12.”

Martinez, who stayed in regular contract with Bray over the years and continued to serve as an unofficial coach, had struggled with complications...

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